Noncommunicable Diseases: More Than a Health Crisis

Linda Brookes, MSc; Eduardo L. Cazap, MD, PhD

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September 02, 2011

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What You Can Do

Dr. Cazap and his colleagues urge everyone -- individuals as well as all cancer-related organizations -- to lobby heads of state to attend the Summit and to make them aware of the proposed UN Outcome Statement.[5] Everyone should sign the World Cancer Declaration,[6] prepared by the UICC and accessible for signing on the UICC page, said Dr. Cazap. The Declaration is intended to help "bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policy makers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden by 2020." The declaration already has 500,000 signatures and the UICC is aiming for 1 million signatures to be presented at the Summit. The Lance Armstrong Foundation[7] in the United States has a similar online petition, urging world leaders to fight the global cancer crisis. This currently has more than 100,000 signatories. Other petitions are available online worldwide and all of them may be signed by anyone -- it is not necessary to be a cancer specialist or a physician, Dr. Cazap noted.

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